SAM Lock had no hesitation in accepting when chairman Kayne Steinborn-Busse offered him the Bracknell Town manager's job, writes Dave Wright.

"He made it very clear he wanted me at the club and I immediately wanted it," said Lock, who had resigned as Maidenhead United's assistant manager last month.

"This is a fantastic opportunity and I am really looking forward to it.

"I feel what Bracknell are building is exciting. They have a chairman who wants to take the club forward and in my career, all I have wanted to do is to take the next step forward.

"Kayne has made it very clear he wants Bracknell to be a National League club one day.

"I am a young manager desperate to progress as well, so if we can coincide that together and progress it would be brilliant."

Lock, 29, was an academy player with Reading – when the now Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers was the head coach – and Wycombe Wanderers, but he suffered a number of leg injuries.

"They prevented me from playing at the level I wanted to, so I decided I wanted to take a career in coaching," he recalled.

"My dad had a big background in coaching boys and girls teams in Maidenhead and I got involved with their youth sides.

"I became their Under 18 manager, then reserve team manager before progressing to first-team scout and coach, and assistant manager, so I have come through the whole system.

"I have worked very closely with the younger players, several of which have gone to pro clubs like Matty Cash who went to Nottingham Forest and Max Kilman to Wolves, so I like to feel I have a good eye for a young player."

Lock's success was rewarded with the No. 2 job at Maidenhead United, managed by Alan Devonshire, the former West Ham United and Watford midfielder.

"I had a close working relationship with Dev as the club progressed, winning Conference South and then a top-half finish in the National League and they have survived again this season," he stated.

"They have been punching well above their weight, but Maidenhead are well on their way to becoming an established National League club.

"I like to feel I have had a very positive effect with the first team in the last few years.

"For next season they are switching their training scheduled to day times and I was offered a full-time job there.

"I learned a hell of a lot under Dev and love the club having worked there for a long time, but I made the decision to leave before the end of the season so I could say goodbye to the players, management and the fans."

Following the departure from York Road, Lock said his phone "went a bit wild with people contacting me, including Conference South and Isthmian Premier clubs."

But then along came Bracknell – and Lock knew they were his number one choice.

He continued: "I watched them in the play-offs, mainly because I know many of the boys from their younger days.

"They did fantastically well to get out of the Hellenic League and they kept the momentum going this season, playing some good stuff.

"But I feel there is a transition coming into the team in terms of adapting to going forward without the momentum they had this season, so that could lead to some changes.

"It is part and parcel of a new manager coming in knowing players he has worked with before.

"Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of players here who are very talented and I definitely want to keep hold of them, but whether I can is another question.

"I imagine there are players who will want to play higher having done so well this season and I would not stop any player looking to do that if the chance came their way.

"But if a player wants to be part of what I want to build, then I will take him with open arms."

Steinborn-Busse, having parted company with Geoff Warner earlier in the week, said: "Sam is a young up-and-coming manager with National League experience, so he knows the type of player we need to recruit for the next season.

"He also has a great experience from a youth perspective and will be instrumental in linking our first team with the academy. He will work very closely with Steve Peters, our academy director, and their partnership will be massive in the months and years to come."